Book review: A Decline in Prophets by Sulari Gentill

When people start to die on a journey home on the Aquitania, Rowland Sinclair finds himself embroiled in scandals of murder, an illegitimate child, an unwed mother, and the tragedy of the Great Depression back home in Australia. Rowland is caught in between the beliefs of the church and the Theosophist Society, an organisation that is focused on the occult and ...

Interview: Darrell Pitt on using Wattpad

I first met Darrell at this year’s Sydney Writers’ Festival. It was that awkward moment when I’m standing close enough to him and his editor to hear their conversation but not enough to be part of it. You know, when you have that half smile while trying to decide whether to move closer to be part of their talk or move ...

Emerging Writers’ Festival Roadshow: Interview with Gaele Sobott

Gaele Sobott is currently completing a collection of short stories on her experience of disability and life in Lakemba. She will be performing with a group of other writers at the NSW Writers' Centre on 8 November as part of the  Emerging Writers' Festival Roadshow. We spoke to her about the development of this series of performances. NoRMAL is part of ...

Spotlight On… Loretta Re

Loretta grew up in Ballarat, immersed in the story of the famous Eureka Stockade. Time spent as a history researcher and writer at Melbourne University boosted her interest in little-known snippets of Australian history. She is also a lawyer and has published many legal articles. Loretta’s other publications include a picture book for children, Flying South, which was published by Harper ...

Emerging Writers’ Festival Roadshow: Interview with Leigh Rigozzi

Leigh Rigozzi is a Sydney-based artist and the editor of Blood & Thunder, an infrequently published anthology of Australian comics. He is Projects & Communications Officer at the NSW Writers’ Centre. Leigh has curated an exhibition of comic art for the upcoming Emerging Writers’ Festival Roadshow and will be speaking on a panel about book design. We spoke to Leigh about ...

Poetry Book Review: Anonymous Folk Songs by James Stuart

Anonymous Folk Songs is James Stuart’s first full-length poetry collection, released by Vagabond Press in early 2014. His previous creative works and collections have used intermedia methods and proved Stuart’s ability to push boundaries across creative mediums as well as Asia-Pacific cultures. Stuart also crosses such boundaries as technique and theme in Anonymous Folk Songs, moving between rural and suburban ...

Poetry book review: The Antigone Poems by Marie Slaight with drawings by Terrence Tasker

It would be an understatement to say that the story behind the publication of The Antigone Poems is unusual. Created at intermittent times during the 1970s, betwixt the cities of Montreal and Toronto, this dark volume is a collaborative effort between poet Marie Slaight and her friend, artist Terrence Tasker. Forty years later, and long after the death of Tasker in ...

9 Ways To Be A Successful Travel Writer

1.     Be curious. Don’t be afraid to go down that nameless cobbled street to see where it leads or ask the weary Greek shopkeeper why he’s looking so tired. 2.     Be persistent. If you want to get published, you’ll need to keep trying different editors before you strike it lucky.  3.     Take notes. Always travel with a notebook and make notes in ...

Spotlight On… Jo Riccioni

Jo Riccioni was born in the UK to an Italian father and English mother. She has a Masters in English from Leeds University and worked in Singapore and Paris before settling in Sydney’s Northern Beaches. Her short stories have been read on the BBC and National Radio and published in the UK, the US and Australia, including The Best Australian Stories ...

Poetry Book Review: Final Theory by Bonny Cassidy

Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to send a poet to New Zealand, Tasmania, South Australia, and Antarctica. Encourage her to write poems during her travels, and then publish them as a book. Well, guess what? Thanks to the Marten Bequest Travelling Scholarship for Poetry, the University of Western Sydney, and Giramondo Publishing, all you, dear reader, ...

Honouring Series: Thea Astley, brilliant to the last

Four people sat together at the first inaugural NSW Writers’ Centre event honouring Australian writers, on 23 August 2014. They were keen to discuss one woman, Thea Astley, who has impacted each of their lives. Author Felicity Castagna, Small Indiscretions, Literary critic Susan Sheridan, Author Debra Adelaide, The Household Guide to Dying, and Mark MacLeod, editor, critic and long-time family ...

Book Review: The Best Feeling of All by Jack Ellis

Is it possible to feel nostalgic towards a place in which you didn't grow up? Is it conceivable to see a version of your 15-year-old self mirrored in the actions and words of two girls with whom you share no commonalities, save for your gender? Jack Ellis, author of The Best Feeling of All, has succeeded in offering a tale of two ...

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